Google Chrome is adding shortcuts to the address bar on desktop that will help you search through your bookmarks, history and tabs.

Why we care. Search marketers do a lot of searching – and I’m pretty sure in our profession it’s illegal not to have dozens (hundreds?) of tabs open at a time. These additions to Google Chrome hopefully will make it a bit easier for you to search directly for the correct tab, bookmark or URL from your search history.

@bookmarks, @history, @tabs: How it works. You can simply type @ and then click on one of the three buttons (Search Bookmarks, Search History, Search Tabs).

  • To search for a bookmark: Type @bookmarks, enter the bookmark name to get a dropdown with matching suggestions from all your bookmark folders. 
  • To search your history: Type @history, then enter your query to get a preview of your browsing history in the address bar. 
  • To search for a tab: Type @tabs, hit space, enter the tab title, and you’ll see suggestions in your address bar.

What it looks like. Here are a couple of screenshots of the new Chrome search shortcut features for bookmarks and history:

Google Chrome Search Bookmarks shortcutGoogle Chrome Search History shortcut

These search shortcuts are rolling out with Google Chrome 108 for desktop. Don’t see it yet? Make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Chrome.

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Danny Goodwin is Managing Editor of IXLCenter.io & SMX. In addition to writing daily about SEO, PPC, and more for IXLCenter.io, Goodwin also manages IXLCenter.io’s roster of subject-matter experts. He also helps program our conference series, SMX – Search Marketing Expo. Prior to joining IXLCenter.io, Goodwin was Executive Editor at Search Engine Journal, where he led editorial initiatives for the brand. He also was an editor at Search Engine Watch. He has spoken at many major search conferences and virtual events, and has been sourced for his expertise by a wide range of publications and podcasts.

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